Leicester City tipped to rival Chelsea and Tottenham for Germany star in transfer chase
Leicester City have been linked with a summer swoop for Germany international Jonas Hofmann.
The Borussia Monchengladbach winger is said to be attracting attention from a number of clubs following an impressive Bundesliga campaign.
According to German media outlet Bild, Leicester are interested in signing the 28-year-old, along with Premier League rivals Tottenham and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, Kicker reports that another English side, Chelsea, are also keen on securing the player’s services in the summer transfer window.
Hofmann played under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, though was sold to Gladbach for £7.2million during the 2015-16 season.
His current team had a mixed 2020-21 season, reaching the last 16 of the Champions League after getting out of a group that featured Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk – but finishing eight in the German top flight and missing out on European qualification for next term.
Hofmann caught the eye with his performances, scoring eight goals and provided 13 assists in 33 appearances in all competitions.
And he has been named in the Germany squad for the upcoming European Championship finals.
His current contract runs until 2023, and he is reported to be valued at around £14million.
Hofmann addressed speculation surrounding his future in March, telling Ruhr Nachrichten: “I think it’s clear that other clubs will notice you if you perform well.
“Therefore, it is possible that one or the other has already asked.”
Leicester are being tipped to bring in a winger during the summer transfer window.
The Foxes sold Demarai Gray to Bayer Leverkusen in January, while Cengiz Under is returning to parent club Roma following his loan spell at the King Power Stadium.
Speaking about his summer transfer plans, City boss Brendan Rodgers said: “We’ll want to strengthen at the top end of the field.
“We need more of a goal threat, and we need to have a bit more physicality in the team.
“It’s also a mindset as well. I want to bring in one or two players who have that winning feeling, that mentality of winning, to add that to the group of talented players we hope will continue to progress.
“It’s not just about bringing players in. It’s about bringing players in who have the right profile and having that right mentality as a start point.
“Maybe players who have won something or have that feeling of competing at the top end with their respective teams. That’s something that can help the team.
“We’re also losing players with experience so it’s important to bring in experience to it as well.
“It’s a very exciting period ahead, it’s hard now because we’ve put so much into the season, but we’ll go away and have a rest and get back ready for the summer with a few new additions to help the team and let’s see if we can keep pushing on.”